LTFRB to include tree planting as mandatory requirement for franchise application

  • The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has made tree planting part of the requirements for franchise application
  • The agency is expecting to plant over 50,000 trees within months of the policy’s implementation which will be on December 1
  • Applicants of new Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), which has at least 10 units, are required to plant at least one tree for each unit they apply for

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has included tree planting as a requirement for franchise application.

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At least 50,000 trees are expected to be planted in the coming months after the LTFRB made tree planting a mandatory requirement for those applying for a public transportation franchise.

The LTFRB has recently released Memorandum Circular 2020-076 which included mandatory tree planting as a new part of the application of franchise. The policy came after LTFRB Region 2 Director Edward Cabase recommended to include basic tree planting program in the requirements for applying for the franchise of cooperatives or even individuals. The implementation of the new policy will begin on December 1.

Under the memorandum, applicants of new Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), which has at least 10 units, are required to plant at least one tree for each unit they apply for.

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Operators are expected to reach out to their respective local government unit (LGU) or nearby office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for any tree planting activity they can participate in. It will be the LGU or DENR that will provide a proof of compliance which will be included in the documents that should be submitted in the franchise application.

Earlier, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said there is a need to continue their reforestation program to prevent massive flooding, just like what happened in Cagayan Valley following the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

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